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Most expensive film productions globally 2019

As of August 2019, the most expensive production of all time is the fourth installment of the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' series - 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides', directed by Rob Marshall and starring Hollywood stars Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz and Geoffrey Rush among others. The movie was produced by Disney Studios and cost 379 million U.S. dollars to make.

Film productions – additional information

A film’s production refers to the time at which it is created and shot. This stage involves crew members including the director, assistant directors, picture and sound editors, photographers, script supervisors and of course the actors themselves working together to form the final feature. The distribution of a film sees the film enter its final stage where it is released and distributed to cinemas, with launch parties, premieres and press releases organized to promote the production.

Key data on the global movie production and distribution industry shows that there were an estimated 739.55 thousand employees at approximately 57.94 thousand separate businesses in the movie production and distribution industry worldwide.

The quality of the cast, direction and script can make or break a film at the box office. A film’s legacy can be measured in terms of how many awards it wins and the lasting impression it leaves on audiences, whether this be due to memorable quotes from the movie or props and costumes which later become iconic. Cinema's greatest fans will often pay above and beyond to get their hands on some of films most impressive props. Marilyn Monroe’s white dress from 'The Seven Year Itch' sold for 4.6 million dollars. Other highly priced souvenirs sold over the years include two of James Bond’s cars, the Delorean from 'Back to the Future', two of Audrey Hepburn’s dresses and Dorothy’s ruby slippers from 'The Wizard of Oz'.

Most expensive film productions worldwide as of August 2019

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August 2019



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